Arlo Essential XL Spotlight CameraArlo has been adding to their portfolio in 2020, it is particularly enlightening (pun fully intended) looking back at the launch of the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera, the Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera and now, the Essential XL Spotlight Camera.

Traditionally the Arlo ecosystem has required the Base Station or Smart Hub to work, making the cost of entry potentially prohibitive to some. With all the new products launched in 2020, they now support a direct to WiFi connection as a stand-alone home security solution bringing the products on part with many competitors.

The Arlo Essential Series is effectively a back to basics approach to home security, but built on top of the experience garnered in previous generations to deliver the peace of mind every family needs to feel protected, both outside and inside the home. The Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera is the latest addition to the Essential Series.

The Essential XL Spotlight Camera features an integrated, extended-life battery that works for up to one year on one charge and an integrated spotlight with colour night vision. The new camera features 1080p HD video, two-way audio, motion detection alerts and a built-in siren – all in a beautifully compact, easy-to-install, wire-free design. Available at a RRP of just AUD $279 for one camera, the Essential XL Spotlight Camera is rolling out at leading electrical retailers nationally from the start of November, 2020.

“Our feature-packed Essential Series offers wire-free cameras that are as easy to install as they are affordable, providing families with a range of features so they can choose the solution that’s right for their home.” said Brad Little, Vice President & Managing Director APAC. “The Essential XL Spotlight camera highlights the collection, enabling continuous security and peace of mind with extended battery life. Perfect for installing in hard to access or busy locations, the Essential XL Spotlight camera offers homeowners up to 12 months of battery on a single charge for added convenience. Whether it’s serving as a standalone solution or complementing an existing Arlo ecosystem.”

Features of the Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera include:
Extended Battery Life: One year of battery life on one charge, perfect for high traffic locations or areas that are difficult to reach so you can charge less frequently*
Integrated Spotlight: Let’s you see what’s lurking in the dark with a bright spotlight to illuminate the area of activity; spotlight can be motion activated or manually turned on
2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio quality
Built-in Siren: Siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the app
Colour Night Vision: See colour even at night thanks to an integrated spotlight
Full High Definition Camera: Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080p
Weather-Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun and can be used indoors or outdoors
Motion Detection and Alerts: Alerts sent directly to your phone when motion is detected
130° Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-view
Platform Compatibility: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation and control

The Arlo Essential XL Spotlight wire-free camera features an integrated battery and is designed for quick and easy installation or placement nearly anywhere – inside or out, rain or shine. A direct to a WiFi connection enables the Arlo Essential XL Spotlight to function as a stand-alone home security solution without the need for a separate SmartHub or Base Station. Users with an existing Arlo security system can however, link their Arlo Essential XL Spotlight to a compatible Arlo SmartHub (VMB4540, VMB5000) or Base Station (VMB4000, VMB4500) to enable local storage recording and enhance camera range and battery.

The purchase of an Arlo Essential XL Spotlight unlocks a complimentary three-month trial to Arlo’s AI subscription-based service, Arlo Smart. Users will receive access to 30-days of rolling 1080p video recordings to store and view video clips. Notification settings can be adjusted, enabling Arlo Smart subscribers to fully customise their experience to spot people, vehicles, animals or packages. Controlled entirely through the Arlo app, users can easily view live streams and recordings, adjust their camera settings or access cloud recordings.

Good morning Johanna,
Since we last corresponded, I have been working hard behind the scenes and we are now averaging around 8500 UV on a monthly basis. There are plans afoot to update the look and feel of the website to modernise it.
I also want to take this opportunity formally introduce the DRN editors <> with their brief bios. While we are considered a boutique site, we punch well above our weight when it comes to Google search results.
We have in our team a very diverse set of expertise and demographics, with the goal of bringing real life experiences into all our writing. I am particularly pleased to introduce the site’s first female editors, Jo (who you have worked with) and Lis. I believe it is important to have voices without the male gender bias. I am mindful that despite best efforts, male privilege can subconsciously creep in and now I have the right people to challenge our views.
Although the DRN name implies a technology focus, we take pride on exploring the complex interactions between technology and their impact, and ways to stay both physically and mentally healthy. We have always looked at lifestyle products and will expand in this area going forward. As a matter of fact I am in the process of onboarding a new editor who’s primary focus is distilled spirits, just in time for the holiday season.
As you can see from our writing, we cover the technical standpoint but we also include broader information about genres where appropriate. We prefer to look at things from an end-user perspective and put ourselves in their shoes.  The approach is how can a product help us with what we do, rather than how we have to change in order to make a product work for us. We are also known to work closely with the support teams when issues arise to assist in root cause finding.
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